While it might not quite be spring as of yet, you might want to start cleaning out your cupboards a little earlier. Sure, there are plenty of incredible beauty products out there that would probably work wonders on your well-being. There are also a handful of others that are not only draining on your wallet but also harm your skin. So if you’re someone who wants to be smarter with their budget and avoid wasting money on products that give you false claims or damage the environment, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of ten popular beauty products that you should be keeping off your shelves:
Glitter, which was popular in the 80s and 90s, has decided to make a comeback in more recent times. However, we must warn you that there’s more to glitter than just a little sparkle (pun intended). You might believe that shimmery glitter is just what you need to add a little shine to your life, but all glitter really does is cause irritation, and damage the environment. Glitter is filled with microplastics and can cause havoc to marine life when it eventually escapes out into the sea. Hence, ditching glitter is the best thing you can do to protect the environment.
2. Pore-Minimizing Products
As dreamy as it would be to just zap away your large pores with a cream, this is unfortunately not something that is under our control. Although you will find plenty of creams that claim to get rid of large pores, the problem with these claims is that they are untrue. The size of your pores largely depends on your genetics, and if your parents have large pores, you too will probably inherit them (Thanks, mum and dad). Pore-reducing creams might just make your large pores appear smaller temporarily, but it will definitely not make them vanish.
3. Natural Makeup Brushes
Sure, you probably feel super bougie and rich when you purchase natural makeup brushes with bristles made of real hair. But have you ever wondered where this natural hair is coming from? Well, we must warn you, you would not like the honest answer. You see, the real hair comes from tiny animals like mink, squirrels, horses, and goats. This hair is not plucked out in the nicest of ways, and thus, we would recommend you purchase synthetic options instead. Not only will you save money, but your conscience can rest easy knowing that no animal has been harmed in the making of it.
4. Anti-Aging Shampoo
We’re sorry to be the ones to break this to you, but you cannot “anti-age” your hair. Why you may ask? Well, that’s because once your hair bursts out of your scalp, it is no longer living. Yes, the pain you feel when someone yanks your hair is because you have sensitive roots, not because your hair has pain receptors. Hence, there is nothing that can prevent your hair from going grey (except dyeing it).
6. Stretch Mark Creams
You’ve probably come across plenty of creams on the market that would claim to get rid of your stretch marks in no time. The problem, however, is that you cannot use a magic eraser to get rid of your stretch marks. Stretch marks can’t just be cured with topical treatments as they are caused by disrupted elastic fibers that won’t allow your skin to return back to its normal state after it has been stretched. Hence, your best bet is to use creams that could possibly fade the appearance of them.
7. Hair Removal Creams
Hair removal creams genuinely do seem like a no-frills, easy peasy way to get rid of unwanted hair. Using a depilatory cream is quicker and less painful than waxing or shaving (the cuts are unbearable). However, the main issue is that they are full of chemicals like ammonia that can not only irritate your skin but burn it if left on for too long. Sure, you can try your luck with them, but anything that melts your hair away isn’t really something you want touching your sensitive regions.
8. Deodorants With Artificial Fragrances
No, we’re not telling you to skip wearing deodorant altogether and opt for the au-natural way of doing things. But, it’s a good idea to make use of a natural deodorant stick as it definitely has fewer chemicals than the artificially flavored fragrance-laden sticks you’d find at the drugstore. Many experts warn about how deodorants with artificial fragrances can lead to skin conditions in those with sensitive skin and may even cause allergies.
9. Lip Plumper Devices
Sure, you probably went through that phase of wanting Kylie Jenner’s pout, but if you think she achieved that with a lip plumping device, you’re terribly mistaken. Many young teens tried things like “the Kylie Jenner” lip plumping challenge where they suctioned their lips onto plastic cups, leading to many suffering from severe injuries. Others will use products that contain bee venom and other skin irritants to “naturally” plump up the shape of their lips. Well, it’s a silly idea to do so as the long-term impacts of this will leave your lips worse for the wear.
10. Alcohol-Based Toner
Those with oily skin know that toner is an integral part of one’s skincare regime as it minimizes the appearance of your pores and may reduce oil production in your skin. In fact, toner can leave you with a glowing appearance and keep your skin looking matte and non-shiny. However, alcohol-based toners tend to have the opposite effect of this. They can leave your skin feeling extremely dry and can cause severe irritation and redness to your skin. Instead, opt for alcohol-free toners when you go on your next shopping trip.
While most of these products aren’t exactly harmful for you, many of them are useless, wasteful, or even damaging to the environment and won’t give you the beauty benefits you may be looking for. Instead, you should purchase tried and tested products that are cruelty-free and will actually live up to their claims. Do let us know which of the products on this list you had to get rid of after reading this article!